Sunday, November 11, 2018

Tip#1120: The Power of a Song, Part 3 – A Star Is Born

Back in the early 90’s when my illustration business was flourishing my mom got herself a Yamaha PSR keyboard with pre-set rhythms and instrument samples and I was hooked! I remember having so much fun playing, experimenting and composing that I immediately invested in a 4 track multi track analog recorder (Fostex 280) and started writing and performing songs. It was such a joy! It was so blissful.

Today recording is mostly digital and can now be done on an iPhone or laptop but back then analog recording was another massive way to express myself and my feelings. I borrowed my mom’s Yamaha keyboard and I quickly discovered a natural skill for writing songs and lyrics. Some music professionals were in awe of my work which was very encouraging.

This period of my life gave birth to dozens of songs that included the ballad “In the Film” that I created a Hollywood movie montage for. In hindsight I realized it was a powerful, cathartic song that expressed the depression and even seasonal affective disorder symptoms I was experiencing at the time. See: In the Film music video 

As my passion for writing songs grew I upgraded my music equipment over the 90’s and released my debut album called Rain of Angels in 1999. I had two instrumentals off of this CD that received regular rotation on Galaxie CBC Radio. It was absolutely thrilling! Over the years I ended up with enough songs for 5 albums. Today, I still have a yearning for people to hear all my songs and when I see movies like Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper’s A Star Is Born, I am inspired to persevere this dream.

A Star Is Born (2018)

The musical romantic drama film, A Star Is Born is about an alcoholic, famous musician, Jackson Maine (Bradley Cooper), who discovers and falls in love with young, gifted singer Ally Campana (Lady Gaga). This powerful and emotional movie was produced and directed by Bradley Cooper and features riveting performances and outstanding songs by Cooper and Gaga. It also stars Sam Elliott, Dave Chappelle and a surprising performance by an unrecognizable Andrew Dice Clay.
See: movie trailer 
Watch now: Amazon Prime

This was such a moving love story with Gaga appearing with little make-up and showing her natural beauty. She also shared an amazing, magnetic connection with Cooper’s character. And the real bonus is the many heartfelt songs they both sang either together or by themselves. They demonstrate how empowering it is to believe in one’s self and each other.

The film also shows the personal sacrifices an artist makes for fame and fortune. And yet Jackson lovingly supports and encourages Ally to unleash and nurture her songwriting and singing talents. This movie celebrates the idea of following one’s passion and dreams as well as the beauty of loving someone for all their goodness and painful flaws.

Songs can be healing for both the songwriters and for the listeners. The music and lyrics can express the joys and pains of life and ultimately leave listeners comforted that they are not alone. Movies about songs can also inspire people to follow their dreams as a creative outlet for their thoughts and feelings. Be inspired today by the power of songs and movies to express who you truly are to the world!

Related Tips:
Tip#866: The Power of a Song - Ted 2
Tip#1119: The Power of a Song, Part 2 – Bohemian Rhapsody
Tip#1120: The Power of a Song, Part 3 – A Star Is Born

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Sunday, November 04, 2018

Tip#1119: The Power of a Song, Part 2 – Bohemian Rhapsody

I’ve loved Queen’s music since high school especially how epic their Bohemian Rhapsody song was. We even studied the lyrics in Creative Writing class! I remember my first Queen album, The Game, and playing it over and over. I loved every song especially Another One Bites The Dust. I also loved their music for the soundtrack of Highlander (1986) with the stand out ballad, Who Wants To Live Forever.

I was sadden about Freddie Mercury’s passing from the Aids virus in 1991 and it wasn’t until I had my own life challenges in the 2000’s and 2010’s with depression that many of Queen’s empowering lyrics would inspire me to stay strong. Mercury continued to write and perform right until his death. His incomplete tracks were finally finished by the rest of the band and released on 1995’s Made in Heaven and it is absolutely amazing and ethereal. Mercury’s voice still sounded majestic as ever despite his illness and weakened state!

Mercury’s resilience and perseverance as an artist continues to inspire me when I face adversities. And now the biographical film Bohemian Rhapsody has become another entertaining film I can use as an inspirational learning tool.

Bohemian Rhapsody (2018)

The biographical film, Bohemian Rhapsody, is a celebration of the music by the rock band Queen and the life of lead singer Freddie Mercury (Rami Malek). This highly entertaining film is packed full of Queen’s famous songs as well as the successes and adversities they faced over the years. The cast included great look-alike actors Gwilym Lee as Brian May, Ben Hardy as Roger Taylor, Joseph Mazzello as John Deacon, Lucy Boynton as Mercury's wife Mary Austin and a great cameo by Mike Myers.
See: movie trailer 
Watch now: Amazon Prime

Like most biographical films, this movie is not historically accurate and yet the story of Mercury’s inner strength as an artist is inspiring to watch. His struggles with his sexuality are also explored as well as the theme of family both with his own and his band mates. This film really celebrates the love of the fans as well as the love Queen had for their audiences.

There are many highlights with their iconic songs being created and my favourite was for their groundbreaking song Bohemian Rhapsody. The movie shows a scene with negative reviews filling the screen when the song was released. In hindsight this is laughable because of how popular the song is today but it is a testament to the genius, passion and perseverance of Mercury and the rest of the band who fought and believed in this epic masterpiece.

Inspiring Themes:
• Believing
• Courage
• Confidence
• Perseverance
• Resilience
Indestructible Optimism
• Artistic Vision
• Personal Identity
• Leadership
• Teamwork
• Supportive Relationships
• Family

I was moved at so many scenes because of Mercury’s will to move forward no matter what and also seeing his gift for uniting his concert audiences. This is especially shown in recreating the massive Live Aid performance at Wembley Stadium in 1985 with 72,000 people in attendance. This film is a must see for all Queen fans and is definitely for anyone who is a musician with a dream. Mercury inspires us all to dream as big and as audacious as possible!

The power of a song can last for decades long after the artist or band has passed away. They can lift us up with its melody and empower us with lyrics that speak directly to our souls. Be inspired by your favourite songs and learn more about the artist behind those songs. Their stories could help you ride out the challenges you face in your own life or career.



Related Tips:
Tip#866: The Power of a Song - Ted 2
Tip#1119: The Power of a Song, Part 2 – Bohemian Rhapsody

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DO YOU KNOW SOMEONE DEALING WITH
DEPRESSION OR DIFFICULT TIMES?
• READ: Top 10 Inspiring Movies for Managing Depression
• READ: Emmanuel & Depression featured in The Toronto Star
• LISTEN: Emmanuel's CBC Radio Interview on Movie Messages of Hope: The Fresh Air Show
• WATCH: Uplifting Movie Montage produced by Emmanuel Lopez!
• DISCOVER: 8 Creative Tools for Motivation & Depression

Remember How Movies Can Help You:
A) Entertain & Escape
B) Re-energize & Release
C) Inspiration & Motivation

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Motivational Speaker
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© Emmanuel Lopez 2018

Sunday, October 28, 2018

Tip#1118: Cultivate Supportive Relationships, Part 9 - Alpha

Dealing with depression or seasonal affective disorder (SAD) can be very isolating and lonely. That’s what it’s been like for me this autumn and all I know is I am going to persevere and stay resilient. Thankfully it helps that I’m house sitting at a beautiful home with lots of windows where the sky and sunlight can shine brightly as I deal with symptoms of withdrawal and hopelessness.

It also helps that I was able to meet in person a new contact I made through LinkedIn. Shelly Elsliger is a Globally Recognized LinkedIn Trainer, Career Specialist and Certified Wellness & Confidence Coach here in Toronto. I was inspired when she said she uses LinkedIn as an empowerment tool for her network. She also inspired me to rewrite my profile description in the first person. Check it out now on my LinkedIn page.

Shelly is one of several new individuals I connected with on LinkedIn that are showing me how they use LinkedIn to form online families, tribes and clans. This started with Jay Andrews, Founder & CEO at RippleEffect, who recommended me to be interviewed by Louise H. Reid, CEO (Chief Empowerment Officer) and Radio Host of The Louise H. Reid Show. And then I had a video chat with one of her guests Brian Schulman, Founder & CEO of Voice Your Vibe. I’ve been very open with them about my mental health challenges and they’ve all been very supportive and understanding.

The importance of being part of a clan or tribe, even if mostly online right now, can be very helpful to fuel my indestructible optimism during these dark months of autumn and winter SAD symptoms. Movies also help immensely especially when they celebrate the positive factors of having a tribe, even if it’s just a tribe of two, as I discovered in the latest film I saw.

Alpha (2018)

The adventure film, Alpha, takes place in prehistoric ice age times where a young hunter Keda (Kodi Smit-McPhee), thought to be dead after a hunt, is left behind by his tribe and learns to survive with the help of an injured wolf. This visually stunning movie features many epic sequences, action scenes and heartfelt moments. It also stars J√≥hannes Haukur J√≥hannesson as Keda’s father and Natassia Malthe as his mother Rho.
Watch trailer or see now: Amazon Prime

Inspiring Themes:
• Courage
• Perseverance
• Resilience
Indestructible Optimism
• Resourcefulness
• Compassion
• Supportive Relationships
• Family, Tribal Communities & Clans

There are many life lessons in this amazing film about courage, perseverance, resilience, compassion, resourcefulness, supportive relationships and indestructible optimism. Keda forms a mutually loving friendship with the injured wolf he names Alpha and together they learn to hunt for food together, fend off wild animals and brave the harsh winter weather. What resonated with me the most was how Keda realizes the power of having a supportive tribe even if it’s just a tribe of two.

Dealing with depression or very difficult times can be an isolating journey but it doesn’t have to be. Even if you have just one other person, or animal, to help you persevere then your dark tunnel will have a little more light to shine your way through. Do your best to make sure you have a loving tribe or clan standing with you and soon you’ll feel your indestructible optimism shining brightly and fueling your journey!



Related Tips:
Tip#300: Cultivate Supportive Relationships, Part 1 – Top 25 Movies 
Tip#824: Cultivate Supportive Relationships, Part 2 – Bell Let’s Talk Day - Wild Card  
Tip#856: Cultivate Supportive Relationships, Part 3 - Mental Health - John Nash - Welcome to Me 
Tip#859: Cultivate Supportive Relationships, Part 4 – Paper Planes
Tip#886: Cultivate Supportive Relationships, Part 5 - Walk the Line
Tip#899: Cultivate Supportive Relationships, Part 6 – Depression - A Little Chaos
Tip#907: Cultivate Supportive Relationships, Part 7 – Depression - The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2  
Tip#918: Cultivate Supportive Relationships, Part 8 - The Intern   
Tip#1118: Cultivate Supportive Relationships, Part 9 - Alpha 
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• READ: Emmanuel & Depression featured in The Toronto Star
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• WATCH: Uplifting Movie Montage produced by Emmanuel Lopez!
• DISCOVER: 8 Creative Tools for Motivation & Depression

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A) Entertain & Escape
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C) Inspiration & Motivation

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Emmanuel Lopez-Motivatorman
Motivational Speaker
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© Emmanuel Lopez 2018

Sunday, October 21, 2018

Tip#1117: Every Cloud Has A Silver Lining, Part 6 - The Spy Who Dumped Me

I’ve been sick in bed for almost a week now and felt so incapacitated. It was similar but different than the lack of motivation symptoms of seasonal affective disorder (SAD) that I feel this time in autumn. I had no drive to post anything on my social media or do any work. I realized that this cold was another opportunity to rest, do some physical clearing (blowing nose, coughing up phlegm) and be off technology. These all could be the silver lining to make sure my life is on track or a chance to reset it.

The beautiful synchronicity of the timing of this cold happened at the start of another house sitting gig where I got to rest and heal in a brightly lit home in a neighborhood of Toronto I love and with a lush garden overflowing with mint plants and cherry tomatoes! I’ve been drinking a lot lemon and mint infused water I believe was helping detox my body. Other delicious soups and foods were also helping me ride out the cold and make me feel re-vitalized. I had a lot of time doing nothing and to clear my congested head which my body needed.

After five days of not watching any films I finally felt ready for some movie medicine. The one I chose once again surprised me with insights I received as well as being entertained! And it was about silver linings.

The Spy Who Dumped Me (2018)

The action comedy film, The Spy Who Dumped Me, is about cashier Audrey (Mila Kunis) and her best friend Morgan (Kate McKinnon), who unwittingly become entangled in an international conspiracy thanks to Audrey’s ex-boyfriend and CIA agent Drew (Justin Theroux). This entertaining film is a great mix of high action spy movie scenes and a hilarious buddy-film. The cast also includes Sam Heughan, Hasan Minhaj and Gillian Anderson.
See: movie trailer
Buy now: Amazon Prime

I was surprised at the number of great James Bond style action sequences intermixed with the funny dialogue throughout the film. The chemistry between Kunis and McKinnon was fun to watch and I later read that they’ve been friends since they were 7 and 10 years old. The director and co-writer, Susanna Fogel, wanted the movie to show a strong female friendship and she found the perfect actresses!

This film is also a fantastic European road trip taking us from Los Angeles to Vienna, Prague, Paris, Amsterdam, Berlin and Moscow. Audrey had never traveled to Europe before so the silver lining of her problems ended up making one of her wishes a reality. This unexpected trip also helped Audrey and Morgan discover or rediscover their hidden skill sets and talents. I was inspired by these life lessons while being entertained at the same time. Hopefully you will too when you watch this film as an inspirational learning tool!

Sometimes life feels like it forces us down a path we don’t want to go. It might make us slow down and reassess our choices in life or maybe push us onto a scarier yet more rewarding one. Either way movies are a great tool for lifting up our moods and give us a vision of what is possible. Find a film today to inspire you to find the silver lining of whatever cloud you feel trapped under!



Related Tips:
Tip#67: Every Cloud Has A Silver Lining, Part 1 - 4 Movie Tips
Tip#400: Recognize All Your Silver Linings – Under The Tuscan Sun

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DO YOU KNOW SOMEONE DEALING WITH
DEPRESSION OR DIFFICULT TIMES?
• READ: Top 10 Inspiring Movies for Managing Depression
• READ: Emmanuel & Depression featured in The Toronto Star
• LISTEN: Emmanuel's CBC Radio Interview on Movie Messages of Hope: The Fresh Air Show
• WATCH: Uplifting Movie Montage produced by Emmanuel Lopez!
• DISCOVER: 8 Creative Tools for Motivation & Depression

Remember How Movies Can Help You:
A) Entertain & Escape
B) Re-energize & Release
C) Inspiration & Motivation

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Emmanuel Lopez-Motivatorman
Motivational Speaker
Discover Movies As Inspirational & Learning Tools!
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© Emmanuel Lopez 2018